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Empire Red

Well helllooooooo everyone! Here’s an actual post! What is this?!

So, something very special came in the mail today:

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YESSSS!!!

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YAAAASSSSS!!!

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Now, I’ve wanted a Kitchenaid stand mixer for eons, but, of course, they’re quite pricy little things. But for me, no kitchen is complete without one (she says without irony as she goes without silverware still). And my kitchen wouldn’t be complete without a redmixer. Red is my color, you see. Well, maybe not, since I don’t have all my appliances laid out here . . . But let’s just take it as fact that red is my color. So when I saw this beauty in the very color I’ve been looking for on sale on Amazon, I just had to pounce on it.

And then, of course, I had to break it in.

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I’ve been wanting to make cookies with these amazingly adorable cookie cutters for ages! But I don’t bake cookies all that much. I don’t bake much period, because I will devour half of whatever it is if I’m not careful. Also, the dishes . . .

Anyway, I finally had my chance, and I went with gingerbread cookies! I’ve always wanted to try those and I thought, “Why not?”

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And here’s my dough! Gingerbread dough gets quite stiff, let me tell you, and my mixer actually did struggle with that part a little bit, but overall, it performed like any Kitchenaid should: amazing! The dough had to cool for an hour, but it was worth that wait. I’m not sure if these were 100% gingerbread. They were closer to just straight molasses cookies, in my opinion. They’re probably almost exactly the same cooking, now that I’m thinking about it. But molasses is good for you, right? It has crazy amounts of healthy minerals like magnesium, iron, calcium, and potassium. Therefore, gingerbread cookies are health foods. You’re welcome. (Unless you actually have celiac disease and can’t eat flour)

Time to roll out and stamp the cookies!

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They’re so cute! The dough keeps sticking to my counter though, and a few of them emerged with missing limbs. Most came away unscathed, and that’s all that really matters right?

So, baked, cooled, and ready for icing! The icing was a pain! Mostly because I didn’t have the proper icing equipment (or couldn’t find it in the maze that is my basement) and so had to make do with a ziploc bag and a piping head. My shoulders are a bit achy after having to hold the bag at the right angle so that the icing didn’t escape too much. That being said, I think they turned out quite nice!

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I brought them to my office and everyone loved them! So the breaking in of my Kitchenaid on a new recipe was a success! I ate way too much dough and broken cookies, but I have very few regrets on this whole experience. 😀 And now, my mixer will go back in its box and be trundled downstairs to wait for the day when I move out and haul the gazillion boxes into a moving truck and go off on my new adventure!

September/Early October Update

Sorry for missing out on September there, everyone. Luckily, absolutely nothing exciting happened. My parents went to Italy for my mom’s 60th birthday and had lots of fun and my sister started school back up and I just kinda went along with doing my normal do.

But! October is where things got interesting. First, my brain hit a little switch and went into HALLOWEEN AND PUMPKIN TIME mode, so I have been reading the Lockwood and Co. book series by Jonathan Stroud.

Good stuff. Scary stuff. I can’t put them down.

I’ve also been listening to lots of Nox Arcana, Creature Feature, and Midnight Syndicate.

The first Saturday in October, I finally took the LSAT!

I’m finally done with that part of the law school application journey! It feels really weird to not have that goal hovering over my head but it also feels like a huge relief. I just have to get my personal statement squared away and I can shoot off all my applications in a weekend. That will be a huge burden off my chest and I can go back to drawing in my spare time instead of studying.

AND IT’S FINALLY HOCKEY SEASON, EVERYONE!

The Avs’ first game is tomorrow against the dreaded Wild and I am super stoked. I have a new sweatshirt just for the occasion. :3

So now, for the rest of the month, I’ll be watching hockey, drawing, and waiting for my LSAT score. I wish I had more to say here than that, but living at home and working full time doesn’t exactly lend itself to lots of dashing adventures or anything like college did. But I love this time of year, so I’ll be out among the leaves, pumpkins, and ghoulies.